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July 16, 2010

Glaxo SmithKline hides side effects of its drugs - Health Supreme NewsGrabs Friday, 16 July 2010

GlaxoSmithKline takes a big hit; the story of Avandia and Paxil
I've been experiencing a strong sense of deju vu ever since Gardiner Harris' story in The New York Times earlier this week that GlaxoSmithKline hid negative findings about a bestselling drug and misrepresented data in a clinical trial of the drug. This time, the drug is Avandia for diabetes, and there is evidence that Glaxo not only knew the drug increased the risk of heart attacks in patients and suppressed the data for 11 years. But according to The Times, the company also omitted cases of patients who were taking Avandia and suffered serious heart problems in the trial's tally of adverse events.

Where have we heard this before? As I revealed in Side Effects two years ago, GlaxoSmithKline pulled the same shenanigans with its blockbuster antidepressant, Paxil. Not only did the drug manufacturer suppress negative findings about the safety and effectiveness of Paxil in treating depression in children, but in one of the clinical trials it conducted of Paxil in the mid-90s, there is evidence that researchers actually omitted from the final study results, cases of adolescents who became suicidal after taking the drug. I revealed this pattern of deception in Side Effects...


Side Effects - by Alison Bass

Former FDA Reviewer Says Glaxo Withheld Study
Three years after FDA medical reviewer Rosemary Johann-Liang left the agency amid controversy over her work on GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia diabetes pill, she’s back in the news. Now, Johann-Liang is telling laywers, who are suing the drugmaker, how a study was withheld from the FDA showing a link to heart attacks, Bloomberg News writes. The 2001 study, according to a deposition cited by the news service, found Avandia posed a greater risk than other diabetes meds.

Whether she will play a role in the two-day advisory committee starting tomorrow remains to be seen, but Johann-Liang caused a stir three summers ago, claiming she was harassed from the FDA for raising red flags about Avandia. Some FDA officials were upset with the recommendation for a Black Box warning and waited 17 months to implement it, but meanwhile, she was no longer allowed to make such recommendations and excluded her from safety review meetings, prompting a probe by the US Senate Finance Committee.

Glaxo Hid A Study On Avandia Risks For A Decade
Nothing like dropping a bombshell on the morning of a crucial FDA advisory committee meeting. But GlaxoSmithKline quietly began a study in 1999 to determine if the cardiovascular risks of its Avandia diabetes pill were greater than with Actos, a similar drug, and instead of publishing the results, the drugmaker spent 11 years trying to cover them up, according to The New York Times.

The results were never provided to the FDA or posted on the Glaxo web site...

Five Years of Paxil Litigation History
A limited review of the company's involvement in the legal system over just the last five years reveals a clear pattern of habitual corruption. However, although Glaxo has paid billions of dollars in accumulated fines, penalties and awards to plaintiffs in civil cases, not one company official has been arrested and charged with a crime.

Mulberry fruit protects dopaminergic neurons in toxin-induced Parkinson’s disease models
Parkinson’s disease, one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders, is characterised by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta to the striatum, and involves oxidative stress. Mulberry fruit from Morus alba L. is commonly eaten, and has long been used in traditional oriental medicine. It contains well-known antioxidant agents such as anthocyanins.

Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly
Compared to participants with healthy levels of vitamin D, participants who were severely deficient were 60 per cent more likely to experience substantial general cognitive decline, and 31 per cent more likely to experience new problems with mental flexibility.

Dr. Llewellyn commented: "This is the first study to identify a clear link between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline. Previous research has been cross-sectional but we have now been able to demonstrate a connection between having low levels of vitamin D and going on to develop cognitive problems. It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide have insufficient levels of vitamin D, so this is cause for real concern. Few foods contain vitamin D, synthesis from sunlight is not possible for much of the year at northern latitudes, and skin becomes less efficient at producing vitamin D with age."

Video: The Toxicology of Mercury and Current Sources of Exposure
Dr Haley testifies before the Institute of Medicine
"I was here yesterday and I listened to the talk about mad cow disease and I looked around at the faces of people. We talked about one mad cow - and everybody paid rapt attention and our government spent hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars to investigate this.

What I'm gonna to talk to you about today is what I consider one of the major disasters. If you're talking about terrorist and someone affecting America, you have to talk about what's happening to our children. And we're gonna call this mad child disease because that's exactly what it is. The psychiatrists will give it a lot of names. They'll call it attention deficit disorder, autism, autism spectrum disorder, aggressive disorders.

What it is - it's just a different level of mercury toxicity. It's the difference between being a little bit drunk and being totally intoxicated with alcohol. It's that kind of difference. And we fight it. And the people to blame are the people sitting right out here right now because you guys don't read, you don't follow science, you don't do anything, and you don't speak out when there is a disaster that's hitting you and that's reported in the newspapers every day... "

Do sweeteners bring on early birth? How fizzy drinks can harm an unborn child
Mothers-to-be who down cans of fizzy drink containing artificial sweeteners could be at greater risk of having a premature baby. Research funded by the EU found a correlation between the amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth among the 60,000 women studied.

Many had switched from sugary drinks to those with artificial sweeteners believing they were a healthier option. But this study suggests that drinks using sweeteners, such as aspartame, carried dangers for the unborn child.

Pfizer: Drug Giant Makes Bank from Drugs That Can Kill You
he drug company Pfizer is best known for Lipitor, a drug that brings cholesterol down and Viagra, a drug that brings other things up.

But the "world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company" which sits between Goldman Sachs and Marathon Oil on the Fortune 500, is also closely associated with a seemingly never-ending series of scandals.

To say Pfizer's been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, kidney transplants and leukemia.

Cholesterol Is Not the Enemy
by Carolyn Dean MD ND
In 1913 a Russian study found that rabbits fed cholesterol developed yellow plaque in their arteries. However, the cholesterol they were fed was rancid and led directly to the abnormal finding. But by the time those facts were revealed, cholesterol’s fate was sealed. It became the bad guy and the “cause” of heart disease.

We require cholesterol as the main building block to make all our hormones. When cholesterol is down, so is your libido.

Cholesterol coats every cell in the body with a fatty membrane. This is especially important for brain cells. The brain is a very fatty tissue!

Cholesterol is an important antioxidant...

Pfizer & Other Drugmakers Face Price Fixing Lawsuit
The California Supreme Court has overturned a lower court decision that dismissed a price-fixing lawsuit brought by a group of pharmacies. They had charged the largest drugmakers agreed to set artificially high prices, and acted in concert to restrain reimportation of their lower-priced foreign drugs into the US and restrict price competition from generics. As a result, the drugmakers were able to maintain prices 50 to 400 percent higher than for the same drugs sold outside the US.

The drugmakers - which included Abbott Labs; AstraZeneca; Novartis; Allergan; Boehringer Ingelheim; Eli Lilly; Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceutica; Ortho McNeil; Ortho Biotech; GlaxoSmithKline; Pfizer; Hoffman-LaRoche; Aventis Pharmaceuticals; Amgen; Purdue Pharma; Merck; Bristol-Myers-Squibb, and Wyeth - a so-called “pass-on” defense. In other words, they argued they weren’t liable for any illegal pricing because the pharmacies had passed the alleged overcharge to consumers and, therefore, did not suffer any harm or damages.

But the court disagreed...

Video: Dr Peter Breggin - The Medication Spellbinding Effect of Psychiatric Drugs
Peter Breggin, MD Part III of interview about psychiatric drug hazards for children and adults and his new book Medication Madness.

Pilots on SSRIs - Unfriendly Skies
"The FAA should reverse its ruling before it's too late and hundreds of lives are lost when a pilot becomes impulsive, suicidal or violent--or just loses his sharpness--under the influence of antidepressant medication," said SSRI expert, Dr Peter Breggin, in an April 19, 2010 Huffington Post commentary.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is also calling on the FAA to rethink allowing pilots to take SSRI in light of a new report issued last month by the National Transportation Safety Board, on a February 1, 2008 plane crash in North Carolina, by a crazy acting pilot on Zoloft, that killed all six persons on board.

Psychotropic Drugs and Children
Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, discusses the disturbing effects of psychotropic drugs prescribed for children. Such medications, used for ADHD, depression, and anxiety, for example, have become commonplace over the past 30 years. This practice profoundly alters the lives of the children, and so now we, as a society, urgently need to address this question: do the medications help the children thrive and grow up into healthy adults? Or does this practice do more harm than good over the long term.

H1N1 Vaccine Surplus From 2009 Reveals Growing Distrust of Governments & WHO
Cost To Taxpayers Exceeds 2.5 Billion
VACCINE SURPLUS FROM 2009 – Canada: $200,000,000+ worth of unused H1N1 vaccine. United States: $455,000,000+ worth of unused H1N1 vaccine. France: approximately $750,000,000 worth of unused H1N1 vaccine supply. Britain: $250,000,000 worth of unused H1N1 vaccine supply (3.8 million doses). Germany: $300,000,000 (approximately 48 million doses wasted). Italy: $260,000,000 worth of H1N1 vaccine supply unused (40 million doses). Netherlands & other Euro countries: comparable waste.

Study Shows Vaccines Cause Brain Changes Found in Autism
The results indicate that multiple vaccine exposures during the previous 3-4 months may have had a significant impact on brain growth and development in ways that are consistent with the published data on autism.

In an accompanying editorial Dr. Kris Turlejski, the Editor-in-Chief, described the findings as “alarming”, “support[ing] the possibility that there is a link between early immunization and the etiology of autism.”

Video: Michael Parenti -- Beware the Doctors
What we call science is often something very unscientific. What gets funded and marketed as a scientific finding may have little to do with disinterested inquiry and perhaps more to do with corporate profit and ideology.

Brazilian study: Cancer associated with radiation from cellular antennas
According to the study, more than 80 percent of people who die in Belo Horizonte from specific types of cancer live less than 500 meters away from the 300 identified cell phone antennas in the city.

According to the research, between 1996 and 2006 in Belo Horizonte a total of 4924 victims died of cancer types that may be caused by electromagnetic radiation, such as tumors in the prostate, breast, lung, kidneys and liver.

After finding on the map nearly 300 points with active antennas of cellular phone networks in the city, the researcher found that 80 percent of those victims lived within 500 meters of one of these locations.

Study links Vatican Radio's waves to cancer risk
"There has been an important, coherent and meaningful correlation between exposure to Vatican Radio's structures and the risk of leukaemia and lymphoma in children," the report said, according to the daily La Stampa.

The report also warned of "important risks" of dying of cancer for people who had resided at least 10 years within a nine-kilometre radius of the radio's giant antenna towers near Cesano, some 20 kilometres north of Rome.

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